Last year, we read a fascinating interview with NYU Professor Scott Galloway about the future of college education.
In it, Galloway proposed that elite colleges should be pairing up with big tech companies to offer online degrees (picture Harvard x Apple ... or Princeton x Google).
On the plus side, this would allow elite institutions to enroll exponentially more students than in the past, giving more people access to the best professors and classes in the world. This kind of online degree program would also drastically reduce the cost of college for students and their families … while simultaneously benefiting colleges since online education is more cost-effective to run.
Galloway also believes that a shift to "big tech" partnerships would force many colleges to shutter their doors if they can't compete (why would anyone attend a math class at a community college when they could be taught math by the top MIT math professor online?). And while online programs would allow more people to get college degrees, they would miss out on the (significant) benefits of in-person learning. Which means the ultra-wealthy might still be in a league of their own if they're the only ones who can afford to send their children to expensive on-campus, in-person programs.
The coronavirus pandemic has obviously sped up the looming question of whether a college degree is really worth it anymore.
So what do you think?
? What's the most valuable part of college: what you learn inside the classroom, or what you learn outside of the classroom?
? Does college adequately prepare students for adulthood?
? And at some point in the near future, will college become obsolete?